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Child Development Associate (CDA) Certification

Meet your "Step Up To Quality" Training Hours while earning college credit


Step into the path to your Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Completion of the 30-week CDA program earns you 6 credits toward your associate's degree in Early Childhood Education.

Course Information

The certification is delivered through a 30 week program, consisting of two sequential 15-Week semester-long courses (CDA Topics 1 and CDA Topics 2), delivered once a week.  For students seeking an accelerated program, there is also a Hybrid course offering, combining both in-person and online instruction. Note: Students must have strong computer skills and ability to work well online to succeed in the Hybrid course option.

The Course Fee is $535 per each course, or $1,070 for the entire certification program.


About The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™


The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.

      The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

      CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

      Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 300,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

      Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

      Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

      • Advance your career
      • Meet job requirements
      • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
      • Provide parents with peace of mind
      • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
      • Increase your confidence




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